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Trump-backed candidate Herschel Walker wins Georgia GOP senate primary

Former football star and Trump-endorsed GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker beat out a crowded field of candidates in the state primary this week.

Walker, who already enjoys something of a celebrity status in Georgia after his football career at University of Georgia and subsequent NFL career, beat out Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and several others this Tuesday and will go on to face off against incumbent Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock in November.

Warnock won the Senate seat in a 2021 special election and beat out his opponent Tamara Johnson-Shealey in the Democratic primary in Georgia this week. While Warnock is popular with Democrats in Georgia, the state remains sharply divided and his seat in the US Senate is vulnerable in the upcoming midterms, especially as Democrats struggle to maintain control of the House and Senate.

In response to Walker’s win, Warnock’s campaign manager Quentin Fulks said in a statement, “While Reverend Warnock continues to do the job for all Georgians, Walker has quickly shown Georgians he’s not ready to be a U.S. Senator. As the election continues, our campaign remains confident that when faced with the choice between Reverend Warnock and Walker, Georgians will choose to send Reverend Warnock back to Washington to continue working for them.”

In his victory speech this week, Walker railed against Democrats. “They don’t even like this country. It’s time for us to wake up from this nightmare, time for us to get up, get back on track,” he said. 

Some Republicans have voiced concerns that Walker’s past controversies may make him vulnerable as a candidate against Warnock in the midterms. Walker has been vocal about his struggle with dissociative identity disorder, has a colorful history of allegations against him including violence against women and inflating business figures. However, GOP leaders like Trump and Mitch McConnell have been supportive of Walker’s campaign.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CNBC

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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